“This is the day that the Lord has created; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Ps 117: 24, Septuagint-translation)

Which day is “this” day, in which I am called to rejoice and be glad? It’s today. It’s this, all-new Monday morning, “that the Lord has created” and given to me, in a beautiful city with a beautiful sunrise, in which I am given, once again, to wake up, get out of bed, and live anew. Whatever the blessings or challenges are in my life this morning, I know, in faith, that I am called to receive them not in self-isolation or fear, as if I or my “day” were divorced from the bigger picture of God’s creation. No, I receive this day, and am received, today, as part of divinely-willed and divinely-blessed, creation. So I gratefully re-open my heart to my Creator, and let God be present to me this Monday, and me present to Him. “Thy kingdom come,” our Father in heaven, and “Thy will be done” with all of us this day. Amen!

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